SFUAD Creative Writing Department Presents Free Readings and Book Signings

Editor | - May 29, 2013

With Louise Gl├╝ck, Dana Levin, Emily Rapp and Jon Davis

From a Santa Fe University of Art and Design press release...

The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will present two free literary readings/book signings by ArtFest13 writing workshop instructors on July 9 and 11. The events will be held in conjunction with ArtFest13, which runs July 8–26 on the SFUAD campus.

Summer Literary Readings and Book Signings

Tuesday, July 9

Reading and Book Signing: Louise Glück and Dana Levin

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Louise Glück is one of America’s finest contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and many other honors, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books, including "The Wild Iris" (Ecco, 1992) and "Averno" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006). Glück’s considerable accomplishments as a poet are apparent in her newest volume, Poems: 1962–2012 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012). Glück is currently Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University.

Ms. Glück’s new and career-spanning Poems 1962–2012 is a major event in this country’s literature, perhaps this year’s most major. . . . She sounds like no one else.

The New York Times

Dana Levin is the author of "In the Surgical Theatre" (1999), "Wedding Day" (2005) and "Sky Burial" (2011)all from Copper Canyon Press. "Sky Burial" received 2011 year-end honors from the San Francisco Chronicle, Coldfront, Library Journal and The New Yorker, which called the book “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Levin’s poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Poetry Review, Poetry magazine and The Paris Review. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. Levin teaches at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Dana Levin’s poems are extravagant . . . her mind keeps making unexpected connections and the poems push beyond convention . . . they surprise us.

Los Angeles Times

In Levin’s hands the fragment becomes a tool of regeneration and self-understanding. It’s as if the very idea of the sentence has to be rethought from the beginning.

Boston Review

Thursday, July 11

Reading and Book Signing: Emily Rapp and Jon Davis

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Emily Rapp is the author of "Poster Child: A Memoir" (Bloomsbury USA, 2006) and "The Still Point of the Turning World" (Penguin Press, 2013)She was recently named one of the “Faces to Watch in 2013” by the Los Angeles Times, and BookPage listed The Still Point of the Turning World as one of the most anticipated books of 2013. Her blog,, was named byTime as one of the top 25 blogs of 2012, and The Huffington Post has recommended her work as “Required Reading for Women.” Her work has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, The Times (UK), Salon, Slate, The Huffington Post, The Sun, Time, The Boston Globe, The Week, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. She teaches creative writing and literature at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and in the MFA in Creative Writing program of the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Center.

Her cauterizing specificity is compelling, her candor incandescent and her intelligence, courage and spiritual diligence stupendous.

Los Angeles Times

Rapp has an emotional accessibility . . . her unique experiences have a touch of the universal.

The Los Angeles Times

Jon Davis, director of the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, is the author of three collections of poetry: "Preliminary Report" (Copper Canyon Press, 2010); "Scrimmage of Appetite" (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry; and "Dangerous Amusements" (Persea Books, 1987), for which he received a G.E. Younger Writers Award and the Peter I.B. Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets. In addition to poems, he writes short stories, plays, essays, satire and screenplays. His short stories have appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary; Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine; Denver Quarterly; and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.A recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, Davis is currently the City of Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate.

Off-the-charts terrific.

―David Foster Wallace

Davis is as good as DeLillo at playing off our internal hunger for meaning against surface senselessness. And Davis catches the surface brilliantly.

American Book Review


Santa Fe University of Art and Design

O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall

1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe 

More Information

Both events are free and open to the public, and a reception will follow each. Call 505-473-6200 for more information.        

Registration is still open for several ArtFest13 workshops open to the community; besides courses in creative writing, photography and African drumming are also offered. For more information, visit